• The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards

    The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of stud and stable staff, acknowledging the huge contribution they make to the Irish racing industry.

    The awards encompass 10 categories, which carry total prize money of €84,000 in 2018, an increase of €4,500 from 2017.

     

    THE AWARD CATEGORIES ARE:

    - Racecourse Award

    - Racing and Breeding Support Services Award

    - Administration Award

    - Newcomer Award (stud and stable employees)

    - Horse Care Award (stud and stable employees)

    - In the Saddle Award (stud and stable employees)

    - Travelling Head Person Award

    - Leads by Example Award (stud and stable employees)

    - Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award

    - Irish Racing Excellence Award (overall award)

     

    Nominations are now open for the 2018 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards and will remain open until 5pm on Monday, February 19th.

    Nominations can be made here or by returning a completed form to the Marketing Department in Horse Racing Ireland, Ballymany, The Curragh, Co Kildare. Completed forms can also be emailed to [email protected].

    The 10 winners and runners-up for the 2017 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards:  

      Irish Racing Excellence Award:

      - Owen Smyth, Head Stallion Man, Kildangan Stud, County Kildare  

      Administration Award:

      - Catherine McAvinney, Practice Manager, Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital, Kildare  

      Runners-up: 

      Tom Gallagher, Stud Office Manager, Kildangan Stud, County Kildare
      Zoe Winston, Racing Secretary, Gordon Elliott, County Meath  

      Newcomer Award:

      - Sarah McCrory, Head Girl, Ted Walsh, County Kildare  

      Runners-up: 

      Mark Byrne, Marketing and Nominations, Ballylinch Stud, County Kilkenny
      Patrick Murray, Stable Groom, Dermot Weld, County Kildare  

      Horse Care Award:

      - Elaine O’Donovan
    , Head Girl, Eoin Griffin, County Kilkenny  

      Runners-up: 

      Ashley Hussey, Stable Girl, Jessica Harrington, County Kildare
      Joe Behan, Groom, Derrinstown Stud, County Kildare  

      In The Saddle Award:

      - Adrian Taylor, Assistant Trainer, Jim Bolger, County Carlow  

      Runners-up: 

      Brendan Hoare, Stud Groom, Coolmore Stud, County Tipperary
      Derek McCormack, Work Rider/Assistant Head Man, Rathbride Yard, Dermot Weld, County Kildare  

      Travelling Head Person Award:

      - Patrick O’Brien, Travelling Head Man, Dermot Weld, County Kildare  

      Runners-up: 

      Camilla Sharples, Travelling Head Girl, Gordon Elliott, County Meath
      Hazel Wallace, Travelling Head Person, Tracey Collins, County Kildare  

      Leads by Example Award:

      - Owen Smyth, Head Stallion Man, Kildangan Stud, County Kildare  

      Runners-up: 

      Joseph Mulholland, Head Man, Rathbride Yard, Dermot Weld, County Kildare
      Robert Hennessy, Head Man, Sandra Hughes, County Kildare  

      Dedication to Racing and Breeding Award:

      - Tommy Woods, Travelling Head Lad, Paul Nolan, County Wexford  

      Runners up: 

      Robert Gallagher, Head Man, Michael Halford, County Kildare
      Tony Coyle, Stud Manager, Yeomanstown Lodge, County Kildare  

      Racing and Breeding Support Services Award:

      - James Flanagan, Farrier for Jim Dreaper, County Meath  

      Racecourse Award

      - Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare 

     

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